THE MCCONNELL EFFECT. The week began with Mitch McConnell reminding voters across the country exactly what he wants to do– cut Medicare and Social Security to pay for his budget-busting tax cuts for billionaires – and his candidates are paying the price:
And that’s on top of increasingly absurd efforts by Republicans to cover up their toxic health care record.
The Los Angeles Times reported on the GOP scramble:
Ted Cruz! Ted Cruz, who forced a government shutdown to try and get rid of the protections he claims to support. In a sea of lying liars running as Republicans this year, he is, somehow, again, distinguishing himself.
Don’t just take it from us. The Washington Post grilled the GOP for lying about their intentions:
And CNN: “The problem for Republicans — at least those who were in the House or Senate over the last two years — is that lots and lots of them voted for the full repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Which means they voted to get rid of the law’s provisions that prevent insurance companies from refusing care to people with pre-existing conditions and that allow a child to stay on his or her parents’ insurance until age 25. Those pieces of the bill were always VERY popular, and remain so. And most polling on the overall law suggests it has become more and more popular since President Barack Obama left office.”
And Axios: “Reality check: The Trump administration is currently arguing that the federal courts should throw out the ACA’s protections for pre-existing conditions. That lawsuit also includes 20 state attorneys general — all Republicans The overwhelming majority of Republicans in the House and Senate voted for repeal-and-replace legislation last year that would have weakened the ACA’s protections for pre-existing conditions..
Our bottom line: “Republican Senate candidates have been lying on the campaign trail about their promise to protect pre-existing conditions…Make no mistake: Republican Senators and Senate candidates have made their priorities clear: a vote for them is a vote against your health care, your Social Security and your Medicare.”
MCSALLY TRIES REWRITING HER HEALTH CARE RECORD, FAILS. Congresswoman Martha McSally tried the same brazen play as Lyin’ Ted, and everyone noticed:
HEADLINE: TRUMP WANNABE JIM RENACCI EFFECTIVELY PULLS THE PLUG ON WEAK U.S. SENATE CAMPAIGN. The Cincinatti Enquirer’s Jason Williams wrote a scathing column this week laying out Congressman Jim Renacci’s “desperate and despicable attempt to save his sorry U.S. Senate campaign while visiting The Enquirer newsroom on Wednesday morning.” Williams slammed Renacci for “uncontrollably slinging around mud and poo and whatever else he could find in the gutter, Renacci effectively pulled the plug on a campaign that’s been on life support since Day 1.”
Cleveland.com also profiled Renacci’s embarrassing campaign gaffes including using “a strip club owner’s plane to a family values conference” and running a campaign that “you’d expect from a rookie politician” on its podcast, “Ohio Matters,”
BAD WEEK FOR RICK SCOTT. Self-Serving Rick Scott piled onto the over 500 bad stories he’s earned in the first 180 days of his campaign this week as news of his terrible job as governor continues to make headlines:
MUST READ FACT CHECKS OF THE WEEK
DEM ENDORSEMENT ROUNDUP. Across the map, Democrats are earning endorsements for their records of fighting for their states and getting results:
#FLSEN. This week, Bill Nelson secured his sixth newspaper endorsement:
DEM AD WATCH
AZ- Kyrsten Sinema vows to be a Senator who solves problems for Arizonans in “Go Forward.”
FL – Bill Nelson released three ads this week. “Closer” contends Rick Scott will be a rubber stamp on any Trump initiative, while Nelson’s loyalty resides with Floridians. “Got Rich” and “Swamp” explain why Floridians can’t trust Rick Scott to look out for anyone but himself.
IN – Joe Donnelly highlights the top five lies spouted by Mike Braun during their recent debate in the ad, “5 Lies.”
MN – Minnesotans tout Tina Smith’s promotion of technical and vocational training in the new ad, “HeadStart.”
MT – In Jon Tester’s new ad “Vets have Jon’s Back,” he features veterans who support him for his record of fighting for them and his wife highlights his record of standing up for Montana values in “Character.”
NM – Martin Heinrichs new ad “Labs and Bases,” touts his work to strengthen New Mexico’s labs and bases and bolster the state’s economy
NV – Jacky Rosen launched two new ads. In “We Need That,” Nevadans speak to Rosen’s tireless efforts to improve the state’s VA, education and health care and in “Spineless Lie,” she hits Heller for his false attacks on her immigration record.
ND – Heidi Heitkamp’s sister reveals how Heidi supported her through a difficult pregnancy and adoption process when she was 19 in the ad, “Melanie.”
OH – In “Rita,” an Ohioan details how Sherrod Brown personally cared for her family after the financial crisis and then sponsored a bill in her late husband’s honor.
PA –Bob Casey released three new ads featuring Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions who slam Congressman Lou Barletta for siding with the insurance industry and supporting measures to eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions coverage: “Stacie,” “Lisa,” and “Amy.”
IN THE STATES
FL-Fort Myers News-Press: Bill Nelson meets with residents, business owners still struggling with Florida’s algae crisis
IN-Kokomo Perspective: Pipefitters throw support behind Donnelly
MI-Detroit News: Peters: Why I stand With Debbie Stabenow
MT-MTPR: Veterans Rally With Tester In Butte
PA-The Daily Item: Casey: Health care fight is election’s top issue
VA-Augusta Free Press: Kaine pushes Trump administration to protect students from lead in drinking water
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